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How is hemophilia diagnosed?

Hemophilia can be diagnosed through a blood sample to determine whether there is a clotting deficiency and/or genetic testing. Adults, children, and fetuses can all be tested. Hemophilia may not be diagnosed in some people until they have an episode of prolonged bleeding after surgery. A baby boy may bleed excessively during birth or circumcision, and this may be a sign that further tests should be conducted. Molecular genetic testing can be done to determine whether you carry a nonworking or mutated copy of gene which causes a particular form of hemophilia.

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